Divisional winners of the Rood & Riddle Sport Horse Award for 2014 will be honored on Jan. 17 at the United States Equestrian Federation Silver Spur Awards held at the Lexington Convention Center.
The Sport Horse Awards are given each year to Thoroughbreds participating in their second careers as performance horses in jumper, hunter, eventing and dressage competitions throughout the year. Thoroughbreds are bred to be superior athletes and, therefore, excel in all disciplines. These awards were created to celebrate the horses that best represent their breed in these four disciplines.
Competitors earn points toward the Rood & Riddle Thoroughbred Sport Horse Awards at USEF-sanctioned events during the show season, and the open divisional awards go to the highest point earners. Rookie awards in each division ensure that newcomers are recognized as well. A Horse of the Year is chosen among the open winners by a panel of celebrities. This award is presented at the annual Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association awards banquet held in September.
"Thoroughbred horses have so much left to give once they retire from the track. It is very exciting to see Rood & Riddle, USEF and TOBA supporting the second careers of these great athletes. Their support helps solidify that these animals are still valued and viable even as their racing careers end, with many going on to competitive show careers."
â€“ Sarah Coleman, New Vocations Director of Education and Development
2014 Rookie Winners:
2014 Open Winners: